An initiative of the National Council for Workforce Education, the Sustainability Education and Economic Development Center (SEED) supports community colleges and their partners with curriculum and resources to transform educational programs for a sustainable future.

Report – Market Forces: Creating Jobs through Public Investment in Local and Regional Food Systems

This report details economic, social and environmental benefits of farmers markets and other local food outlets. The report recommends the following policy changes: Increase funding for programs that support local and regional food systems. Raise the level of research on the impacts of local and regional food systems. Restructure the safety net and ensure credit accessibility for local food system farmers. Foster local capacity to help implement local and regional food system plans. Support the realization of farmers market certification standards. (Published July 2011)
October 14, 2011